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Opus 12 of Music That Matters remembers a pioneering concert artist and legendary teacher, Camilla Wicks. As a female musician she shone as a brilliant performer while breaking barriers, clearing the way for the current generation of women in music. As teacher she offered not only instruction in technique and interpretation, but also insights into music and the people who make it.

Verne Windham talks to Jake Schaefer (Director) and Patrick McHenry-Kroetch (Scrooge) of Spokane Civic Theatre about the challenges and triumphs of performing Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in 2020.  

The radio drama will be aired on KPBX on Sunday, December 20th, at 4 PM, on Thursday December 24th, at 2 PM, and again on December 25th at 12 PM.

Opus 11 of Music That Matters, with host Jim Tevenan welcomes duo pianists Archie Chen and Rhona Gouldson-Chen for four-hand piano music by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak and Claude Debussy, along with solo pieces and their insights into professional, life partnership and the power of music to heal and bring balance to our lives.

Parlor Music, that do-it-yourself home entertainment medium, thrived in the years between the end of the American Civil War and the beginning of World War I in Europe. It was the way music was shred and enjoyed in many, many households both in the U. S. and England. Our November Kids' Concert celebrates Parlor Music as pianists Melody Puller and Mary Trotter and tenor Tim Westerhaus take us back to a bygone era of music. KPBX's Jim Tevenan hosts and plays a bit on another instrument popular in these years, the harmonium or pump organ.

Performers are: Tracy Spring; Kevin Brown.

Performers are: Kevin Pace & the Early Edition; Brittany Jean; Tra le Gael; Heidi Muller & Bob Webb; Caridwen and Greg Spatz; Bigger Boat.

Performers are: Liz Rognes; 2-Bit Jug Band; Free Whiskey; & Sidhe.

Performers are: Urban Coyote Bush Band; Silk Road; Wes Weddell; and The Portatos.

Performers are: The Wanderers Jenny Edgren; Molly & Tenbrooks; Paul Wagner; & Jani Gilbert.

Performers are: Dead Fiddlers Society; Todd Milne; Sesitshaya Marima Band.

Performers are: Brian McLeod; Steve Schennum; The Kathy Colton Trio; Dan Maher; Steve & Shelly Hines; Nicole Bayley; Mad Mama Moon; Keeler, Melvin & Morse.

Suzanne Ostersmith, Director of Dance at Gonzaga University, talks with Verne Windham about meeting the challenges of the pandemic. The Gonzaga Ballet Ensemble will present a virtual concert, featuring choreography by Kyle Davis, Principal Dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, on Saturday, November 14th, at 7:30 - 8:30 PM. Visit http://www.linktr.ee/GUTheatreDance for links to stream the performance on different platforms.

Cellist and NWBachfest Artistic Director Zuill Bailey dropped by our KPBX studio for an in-person (!) chat with Jim Tevenan around the festival's latest offering, a virtual series called "Across the Miles."

Due to scheduling complications, we were unable to air Jim Tevenan's interview with Wyoming artist, Travis Walker. Travis' work was part of the mid-summer show at The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d'Alene called "New Western Vibe." Samples of Travis' work referred to in the conversation. More of Travis' images are at The Art Spirit Gallery's website.

Violinist Yvette Kraft stopped by our KPBX studio to play for us, a welcome respite from the COVID-related drought of live performance in the last months. Yvette shares with us a piece she just learned, but will never be "done" with, Sebastian Bach's "Chaconne," from his Partia No. 2 for Solo Violin.

Spokane Public Radio

The pandemic can't stop the music!  Grab the children and join Linda Parman and Steve Simmons for summer songs as part of the KPBX Kids' Concert that was rebroadcast on August 14, 2020.

Margaret May Saunders Ott was a legendary Spokane area pianist and piano teacher whose students have enjoyed careers in performance and music education. Several of them have recorded tributes to Margie May, both playing and reminiscing. We'll hear Jody Graves, Greg Presley, Scott Rednour, Steve Drury, Phil Aaberg, and Mrs. Ott herself.

The Piano Bench on 7/21/2020 celebrates the centennial of the birth of pianist and teacher Margaret Saunders Ott.

The program features five of her former students from across the country playing and remembering her legacy. Performers include Jody Graves, Greg Presley, Stephen Drury, Philip Aaberg, and Scott Rednour. Watch videos of all five performances here. 

Kevin Brown, host of Front Porch Bluegrass, and his son Caleb Brown perform bluegrass, Americana, and originals in the studio as a part of a special Kids' Concert.

Caridwen Irvine-Spatz, musician, luthier, and host of Nacho Celtic Hour, and Greg Spatz, musician and writer, perform folk songs from across traditions for a special Kids' Concert.    

Yvette Kraft

Violinist Yvette Kraft joins Verne Windham for a performance of Ysaye's Violin Sonata #4 in E and a conversation.

Yvette Kraft

Violinist Yvette Kraft joins Verne Windham for a performance of Ysaye's Violin Sonata #4 in E and a conversation.

Verne Windham delves into the archive of performances and interviews of past Musicfest Northwest guests to create a curated retrospective in place of this year's program.  

Verne Windham delves into the archive of performances and interviews of past Musicfest Northwest guests to create a curated retrospective in place of this year's program.  

Verne Windham delves into the archive of performances and interviews of past Musicfest Northwest guests to create a curated retrospective in place of this year's program.  

Verne Windham delves into the archive of performances and interviews of past Musicfest Northwest guests to create a curated retrospective in place of this year's program.  

Verne Windham presents an encore presentation of guitarist Katie Holmes's visit to the studio on May 13, 2014.

Verne Windham delves into the archive of performances and interviews of past Musicfest Northwest guests to create a curated retrospective in place of this year's program.  

Verne Windham delves into the archive of performances and interviews of past Musicfest Northwest guests to create a curated retrospective in place of this year's program.  

Verne Windham delves into the archive of performances and interviews of past Musicfest Northwest guests to create a curated retrospective in place of this year's program.  

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